A collection of biographical stories and poems about fascinating people in history whose real dreams made a real difference. Developed in performance, these stories bring old tales to life for contemporary readers in a way that is both entertaining and informative.
Martha Cinader, a published writer and recording artist, has shared stories and poetry with audiences in libraries, schools and nightclubs and at jazz and theatre festivals in America and Europe.
Currently living in Greenville SC, with her husband and three sons, she blogs about being a virgin homesteader, among other things. Her forthcoming novel, Marvelina, is a fairytale for grown women.
I wrote these ten verses about King Leopold of Belgium after reading King Leopold's Soliloquy by Mark Twain. European, American and African history are intertwined. Although it might be impossible, we would all benefit from striving to see the entirety of it from every perspective...
Leopold, the greatest benefactor of art in his time, his castle a chapel and brothel combined, ready to receive gifts at any time and to practice cruelty upon the Queen and her kind.
Commander of a legion of men each with a gun. Each man accounting for each bullet with one right hand of the African man or woman her shot, the tax to be paid whether they were dead or not.